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    Default ADSB-In on the cheap!

    This may have been posted before. I was at the airport today, and one of the guys there had a really slick, homemade, setup for ADSB-In broadcast to his IPAD. He also had a dual micro usb rechargeable power supply to power the device and his tablet at the same time. Basically it's the same as a Stratus I think, as it broadcasts ADSB over wifi to the tablet or phone and gives you traffic and weather. Anyway here is the link.

    http://www.eaa.org/en/eaa/aviation-communities-and-interests/homebuilt-aircraft-and-homebuilt-aircraft-kits/resources-for-while-youre-building/building-articles/instruments-and-avionics/live-weather-and-traffic-for-less-than-$120

    I ordered the stuff to make one and my cost was $110, but I'm going to use a dual high power USB outlet plugged into the cigar lighter socket to power the device and my tablet instead of an external battery.

    Tony
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    I love mine, use it every time I fly! Here is mine with the battery attached (so I can throw it on the hat shelf in the back.)


    Some random screenshots of traffic. I'm VFR only in my airplane so I don't use the Nexrad and/or weather much.


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    Sweet Jim! What type of antennas are those? I love the portable setup! Are you using two antennas to view high altitude and low altitude traffic? thanks,

    Tony

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    Tony, yes I have 1090 and 978 so I get all the ES traffic plus the weather on UAT. I bought those from Digi-key, they are 916 Mhz which is close enough based on the conversations on the Reddit page. The adapters were off of Amazon, let me see if I can find the links.

    Oh, the battery is the Kmashi they spec'd in the original build, mine has worked very well.

    Here are the links...
    Antennas: http://www.digikey.com/product-detai...SMA-ND/1139580
    Adapters: http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00V0Y4WDQ

    There might be something cheaper that works, I saw these on the thread and ordered them. The only thing I haven't fixed yet is the fact that the connectors on the SDRs are loose enough that the antennas spin around, that is why the rubber band is wrapped around them. I need to come up with a more permanent case, right now they are just stuck together with velcro.

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    Thanks Jim! Antennas are on backorder at Digikey. Going to see if I can find them somewhere else. Thanks again,

    Tony

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    I used an old transponder antenna. It works great.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Gilbert Pierce View Post
    I used an old transponder antenna. It works great.
    That is the most elegant solution, sounds nice.
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    Just ordered the $40.00 AHRS to add to mine.
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    Dave, Do you have a link for the AHRS?

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    Quote Originally Posted by d.grimm View Post
    Just ordered the $40.00 AHRS to add to mine.
    Dave
    I didn't for two reasons (so far), first I have an XGPS 150 that works well via Bluetooth and second I heard that the RY835AI is very slow to lock on to satellites. If you are using a different module I would also be interested in the link.

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